RoMak & the Space Pirates may in fact be the world's first "post-good" musical group. Their songs tell stories of ironic forgetfulness in a fickle world; obsessing over concepts of show business, the double standards of glamour, historical pop-culture events and vacation advertisements...all while incorporating the flair of a science fiction novel. Their material is colorfully dark and not without a sense of humor. Think "punk-pop" instead of "pop-punk."
They suffer for their art, and the art of others suffers for them. It's fun...and chill. Their first 2 EP releases have been distributed online and through earthbound stores across the United States and Canada. In May of 2008, they released their first full-length album, entitled "Attack of the Has-Been Androids" on wearable USB flash bracelets and for free download on the internet, to celebrate the demise of the once beloved compact disc.
August 29, 2009 Subject:
Throw in an eighties synth-pop revival, snarky comments, MSI, Foxxy Shazam!, Retard-o-Bot..and disco, and it might begin to seem like RATSP.
I was impressed with their first disc, "The Long Walk," and wondered exactly where it is they wanted to go.
Their sound back then was not as finely layered as 2008's "Attack of the Has-Been Androids."
And I'm none too displeased at this latest outing, because this disc has captured their evolved form in a very high quality way.
It's a sound I can't quite decide if it's good or bad, riding a fine edge of exciting and heavily borrowed.
But this is not a disrespect towards the band..in fact, the lead singer RoMak is beginning to sound a lot like Weird Al.
In the end, this band is a mash of everything that is today.
And unlike bands who decide to throw together all kinds of stuff into the mix and wonder what will come of it, it takes a lot of talent for it to be so unquestionably well blended that it has become some weird, wild genre in it's self.
I wish this band luck in the future, and I am quite happy to see them take the track they have.
May 20, 2009 Subject:
fucking top high quality electro punk pop!!!
i truelly love this soOOoooO much!!
top quality and kick arse production!!
very cool electro punk pop, great music, great singing, great everything!!!!!!!
wow it's amazing that its free!!!!
wicked wicked wicked WICKED STUFF!!!
December 7, 2008 Subject:
A Space Pirate Adventure
Electro-rock-glam has been on the rise lately, but there's a distinct flavor in this album, a bit more quirky and baroque. The production is top-notch, everything thumps and throbs. The harpsichords, saw-synths and snares are razor sharp, complementing RoMak's sinewy voice and 'F it' attitude.
The standout tracks for me are "No, Not Ever," "Even the Future Becomes the Past...," and "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle." The latter of which channels Shiny Toy Guns' own epic femme-tribue song "Jackie Will Save Me" but this is much less formulaic. A fun point was "Retirement Song" a bombastic electro-carnival with wondrous ever-changing chord progressions that waltz around.
That's the real strength of RoMak & the Space Pirates-- the attention to strong and dynamic song-writing and melodies and progressions. There are no lazy songs or lazy moments. Everything is bombastic, sometimes even over the top. Softer moments like the under-minute-long "Social Climber" and subtle outro track "Even the Future Becomes the Past..." might have been nicer if more frequent.
The fact that music of this polish is free makes it inexcusable not to have it a part of your library.